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Masters: Polymer Clay: Major Works by Leading Artists Paperback – March 1, 2011

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"Stunning! This book is an example of why the printed book should never go away. From cover to cover it is packed with amazing professional photos showcasing the work of world-renowned polymer clay artists. As someone who has worked in polymer clay for several years, I can appreciate the talent and hard work that goes into these incredibly detailed pieces of art, and this book brings it all to you. With just enough of (each) artist’s biography and bold beautiful colors of their pieces, this book is worth the price even if you have never worked with polymer clay." - Angeli Mangi, Chicago Metal Arts Guild blog, March 2012

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Curator Rachel Carren is one of the world's best-known polymer specialists. Her art is in the permanent collections of several American museums.
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Product Details

  • Series: Masters
  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1st edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595844
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WOW! If you ever doubted polymer clay is a true art form then you have got to see this book! The projects are absolutely beautiful and very well photographed! It's amazing what can be acheived with polyemer clay in the hands of a master artist. This book features the creations of 42 artists. It is a huge book (330 pages) containing hundreds of projects. It includes jewelry, vessels and sculptures. I've dabbled in polymer clay on and off over the years with just so-so results. This book has inspired me to get out my polymer clay again and start creating. Keep in mind this book does not contain instructions for working with polymer clay. It is a picture book of some truly amazing pieces of art created with polymer clay. Very inspiring! Eye candy!

I would highly recommend this book to any polymer clay artist or to anyone who just apprecitates good art.
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This book is just delicious! I've worked extensively in polymer clay for over a decade and was very aware of the level of art that was capable with this medium. But this book still BLEW me away. There were even a few artists whose work I had never seen.Rachel Carren did a fabulous job as curator. There will never be the question again about whether polymer clay is a fine art medium. This book and these artists prove it is so.
This book is a great history of the medium in pictures for those who already love this wonderful medium. For those just becoming interested in it as a hobby or profession, it will certainly provide more than enough inspiration. I know I will keep this book close by just to savor each picture piece by piece.
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...you'll get it, but you'll also take a ride on the polymer history train.

The blurb on the back cover that says, "This..survey presents innovative polymer clay works from forty of the leading artist working TODAY..." However, the book presents several artists I'm sure no longer work actively in polymer (Pier Voulkos, Shellie Brooks). And many of the photos from the following artists were more than 10 years old! (Jamey D Allen, Jo Ellen Trilling, Gwen Gibson, Barbara Sperling, Diane Falkenhagen, Rebecca Mazur, the Groves ).

Although the book was an inspiring catalog, it was only partly "current." For this reason (only), I was disappointed. Since there are online resources devoted to polymer history, (polymerartarchive.com) & most of these gifted artists' work have been published elsewhere, I'd seen many of the photos already.

Polymer craft is replete with innovative artists working today, many building on the shoulders of giants. I would have preferred seeing fresh, unpublished work, rather than reviewing the polymer past.

That said, for any serious polymer artist, this catalog of work is a must have & will serve as an inspiration.
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If you work with polymer clay, you want this book.
If you want to become a clay artist, you NEED this book.
It is worth every penny. The illustrations are inspiring regardless of your medium and, unlike many books of this type, the curator has not limited herself to the most recent work, but has chosen to include almost 20 years (1992 - 2009) of polymer art...and, therefore, the work of two or three generations of artists.
The work varies widely: from jewelry to structural pieces to sculpture. It also varies greatly in size from items as small as 2" x 2" to Sonny King's 35" x 15" dioramas. The artists have been inspired by Africa, Edward Hopper, fossils, high fashion, Japanese brush painting, mosaic, robotics, and myth.
And, if there was any doubt remaining, this book makes it absolutely indisputable: polymer clay is a medium of "true art" as much as oil or watercolor or marble.
Caveat: This is not a how-to book. It is a luxurious reference piece, intended to charm, encourage, amaze, inspire, and delight. It belongs on the shelf of any craftsperson in any field.
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The book has the 2nd most stunning art that I've seen in my travels (second to peter lik). I find myself going through it over and over thinking there is no way that's made of polymer clay. Then I read the description and it say polymer clay. I still can't believe how great they are.

The photographers also need credit for perfect shots.
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I wanted to learn about the possibilities of polymer clay. After paging slowly through the photos and reading the stories about the artists I'm completely inspired to try this medium. What I liked most about the book were the various ways different artists had incorporated polymer into their work, or unusual ways in which it was used. I'm a clay sculptor and I can't wait to try polymer in my own work. Now I just have to find some great workshops to learn the techniques.
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This book will get your creative juices flowing! I had no idea the scope of polymer clay possibilities until I got a look at the artists and their work featured in this book. Be prepared to go shopping for supplies because you are going to want to create!!
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...Wonderful assortment of designers' works and styles. It is a delight for the eyes. some of the techniques are so striking that it is necessary to go back and check them twice. It is a book to pick up and browse again & again, just for the sheer beauty of so many of the works contained therein. The book starts with the work of Kathleen Dustin, who, to me is the quintessential Polymer clay artist. Her work is breathtaking, as is the work of many others in this great book.
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